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Art Gallery upgrade
The Art Gallery’s Function Hall has a new lease of life with the completion
of an alfresco-style extension.
The Art Galler y Annexe is an enclosed multi-purpose space where
event launches, lectures, workshops, art installations, music and dance
performances will be held.
The space has been designed to be flexible and is environmentally friendly
in its design.
It expands the capacity of the Function Hall but can also be used
independently, offering a second, smaller space or, as it opens up directly
onto Alfred Deakin Place, as a stage for events, replacing temporar y marquees
which have been used in the past.
The works include a permanent, ‘marquee’ style structure with glass concertina
doors on the south side and glass windows facing onto Huyghue House.
The Gallery is increasingly being used as a venue for corporate and private
functions, and the extension will provide more flexibility, particularly over
the warmer months.
The establishment of the alfresco area is the last stage of a two year upgrade
to the Galler y, which also included a major restoration of the building’s façade,
new lighting, the installation of skylights to provide more natural lighting,
upgrade of the Gallery Shop, and the relocation and upgrade of the café.
The upgrade project was made possible thanks to $990,000 from the State
Government’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund, and $860,000
Portfolio Councillor for the Art Gallery of Ballarat Mark Harris says the
extension to the Function Hall is an important addition to the Gallery and
one that will be welcomed by visitors and function organisers alike.
“The extension will enhance the interaction between the Gallery and Alfred
Deakin Place and increase the Gallery’s capacity to host a wide range of
events and activities.”
The Art Gallery of Ballarat is open seven days a week and entr y is free. Visit
Civic Hall update
City of Ballarat will meet in August to decide on a preferred tenderer for
the Civic Hall site.
The project’s Evaluation Panel has requested further information from the
tendering parties prior to finalising its recommendation. The extension of time
and additional information provides a higher degree of certainty to Council
and further minimises any possible risk associated with the proposal.
The recommendation of a preferred tender is likely to go to the 10 August,
2011 meeting of Council.
Significant milestones in the Civic Hall site project have been reached
during the past two months
In May, Council received the recommendation of the Heritage Council which
found that the Civic Hall does not have State significance.
In June Council received confirmation from the State Government that it
supports the sale of the Civic Hall site to the City of Ballarat, at a price to
be determined by the Valuer-General.
Above: The new Art Gallery Annexe has already played host to numerous functions
since its completion
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